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UC Library Search: Course Reserves

This guide gives tips on how to use the UC Library Search system.

What are course reserves?

Course Reserves are course materials (textbooks, articles or book chapters, etc.) that your instructor has placed on reserve in the UCSB Library. Physical copies of material have a shorter due date than the books in the circulating collection. Read more about course reserves here: https://www.library.ucsb.edu/course-reserves 

Searching by Book Title

If you know the book title, click on the Course Reserves title, then type the tile in the search box.

sample search for process of social research on course reserves from library website

    

If the Course Reserve does not appear at the top of the list, select Course Reserves from the options and click on the magnifying glass search icon.

screencapture of basic search in UC Library Search with Course Reserves button circled in orange
   
 
The call number of the Course Reserve is displayed at the bottom of the record, you wlil need to call number when you ask for this book at the Services Desk. To learn more about this book, click on the title for more information.
Screen capture of a book on course reserves with the call number circled

Searching by Course Number

If you know the course number, search for it by using the four digit department code (listed to the right), followed by the three to four digit course number. 

search for course reserves by course number WRIT 109ec in UC Library Search

 

If the Course Reserve does not appear at the top of the list, select Course Reserves from the options and click on the magnifying glass search icon.

Course Reserves button circled in orange at top of results page

 

The call number of the Course Reserve is displayed at the bottom of the record, you wlil need to call number when you ask for this book at the Services Desk. To learn more about this book, click on the title for more information. Click on the title for more information.

Call number of WRIT 109EC book in search results list indicated in orange.

Searching by Professor Name

If you know your professor's name, search for it by using last name, first name.

search in UC Library Search by professor's name Thompson, William

If the Course Reserve does not appear at the top of the list, select Course Reserves from the options and click on the magnifying glass search icon.

course reserves button above search for professor's name Thompson, William

The call number of the Course Reserve is displayed at the bottom of the record, you wlil need to call number when you ask for this book at the Services Desk. To learn more about this book, click on the title for more information.

Call number for item on course reserve by professor's last name

Search by Course Number

To search by course number, use the 4-letter department code followed by the 3-digit course number (eg. EEMB143).

Alphabetical list of department codes:

Click the letter to expand


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